Newsweek cover destroys Trump

Newsweek’s cover this week probably won’t be hanging in Mar-a-Lago any time soon. And I checked, it’s real.

Newsweek depicts Trump as a “lazy boy” sitting in his Lazy Boy lounger, watching TV, chowing down on Cheetos, hamburgers, Diet Coke and pizza.

The captioning notes that during Trump’s six months in office, he’s spent 40 days golfing and gotten zero pieces of legislation passed.

But the most devastating part was the caption below the main photo: “Donal Trump is bored and tired. Imagine how bad he’d feel is he did any work.”

newsweek Trump cover

There’s also an associated article by Alexander Nazaryan:

Were he to reach the White House, Trump said, he wouldn’t make the same mistake for which he’d been lambasting Obama since 2011. “I’m going to be working for you,” he told supporters in August 2016. “I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”

Now that he’s president, Trump frequently departs the White House and spends the weekend golfing at either his South Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, or his country club in the New Jersey suburb of Bedminster. The promise he’d made a year before was discarded so quickly, you have to wonder if he even remembers making it. Politico did the legwork: George W. Bush didn’t golf for the first five months of his presidency, while Obama stayed away from his beloved links for four months following his inauguration. Trump held out for all of two weeks. He has visited a golf club 40 times since taking office in January, according to the self-explanatory site Trump Golf Count, which estimates the forays have cost American taxpayers $55 million. Another Trump tracker, this one by The New York Times, finds that his visits to Trump-branded properties total 56 days, nearly a third of his time in office….

[H]e is playing golf and tweeting anti-CNN wrestling memes. When the weekend concludes, Trump returns to the D.C. swamp with all the enthusiasm of an office lackey slouching toward his cubicle on Monday morning.

You have to read the entire piece, it’s masterful. I’ll share just one more snippet:

Two days before the presidential inauguration, Trump tweeted a picture of himself seated at a desk, pen hovering above a stack of papers. On his face was the faraway look of a great man lost in deep thought: Pericles pondering the Athenian dead, Churchill surveying a blitzkrieged London. The accompanying text revealed that the president-elect was composing his inaugural address at the Mar-a-Lago resort, which he’d already rebranded “the Winter White House.”

The tweet was supposed to show leadership at work, but it instead revealed the lengths to which Trump will go to foster the image of diligent leadership. It didn’t take a team of CIA digital forensicists to figure out that the Spanish tile wall behind Trump in the photograph matched the one in the reception area at Mar-a-Lago. A photograph soon surfaced of a young woman at the very same desk, looking like she was ready to confirm your dinner reservation. Further scrutiny—that is, clicking a magnifying glass icon to zoom in—revealed that the papers on the desk were seemingly blank, while the writing instrument in Trump’s hand appeared to be a Sharpie, not especially useful for writing out a lengthy speech. Wanting to look like a head of state, Trump instead ended up looking like a concierge-in-training.

Okay, just one more — it’s a long piece:

The most impressive quality of Trump’s myth is not just that it strays from reality but how thoroughly, even aggressively, it contravenes easily confirmable fact. When he was king, he was the King of Debt, and he may still owe as much as $1.8 billion to creditors. His casinos closed. His airline went bust. But even as he accrued failures, lawsuits and debts, Trump managed to turn “Trump” into a synonym for success. The letters were made of plastic, but they were dipped in gold.

This is a point I’ve been raising for a while. Trump sure doesn’t act like a successful business. He acts like a paranoid nut who is totally overwhelmed by his job. He’s a terrible manager — how many people will he fire before he admits that maybe the problem is coming from inside the house — doesn’t seem very bright, and, as Nazaryan notes, lacks even the most basic interest in his new, and rather important, job.

How did this guy make any money? He didn’t. He’s the king of bankruptcies.

Okay, showing one more:

Unable to take credit for his own achievements, Trump has laid claim to those of his predecessor. Obama took office during the Great Recession, when the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent and rising. Eight years later, as he prepared to leave the White House, it was 4.7 percent, a nine-year low. And yet Trump cites “absolutely tremendous economic progress,” as if he were the one who pulled the nation out of the foreclosure crisis. He brags about having quelled the flow of immigrants entering the United States illegally, but it was under Obama that illegal immigration fell to a 44-year nadir. Trump has, however, managed to keep out tourists. America has become so great, international travelers aren’t coming like they used to.

It’s a brutal piece. Read it.

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  • woodroad34

    Tricky and two-faced Trump is now claiming that his 17-day vacation is due to renovations at the WH and he will be in “meetings and making calls”–probably with a sharpie and a Fisher Price Chatter Phone https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/091c0fc4ff90122ebdae1da9103c864c51767218f206f2bcf9c2b67504e3da8e.jpg

  • It’s worth mentioning that a good chunk of that ~$3.6 million goes directly into Trump’s pocket. As the owner of the property he goes to, every single member of his entourage is essentially paying him for his hotel, his food, etc.

  • Zorba

    Not Mitchell. It’s Pence, Ryan, Orin Hatch (President pro tempore of the Senate), then Tillerson.

  • Outspoken1

    Nonetheless, he is still President. And all the ones in succession are no better – perhaps even worse! (Pence, then Ryan, then Mitchell, then Tillerson and the rest of the cabinet). We are so screwed and did this to ourselves.

  • Badgerite

    The only thing it’s missing is the Mooch.

  • Martha Bartha

    He’s a mindless idiot who expects me to believe all their lies!😱

  • PattyM

    My sympathies.

  • Martha Bartha

    My Brother listens to AM Right Wing Talk Radio 24/7 & believes all their😱 lies.

  • PattyM

    Its a far more authoritative source than Breitbart or AM radio talk shows.

  • Martha Bartha

    But you’re supposed to believe that right?

  • PattyM

    The CBO estimated that each trip to Mar-a-Lago costs the taxpayers $3.6 million dollars.

    Trump tweeted his early-morning ban on transgender people serving in the military, claiming that the cost was “tremendous”. Three fewer trips to Florida would cover that tremendous cost. ($4.5 to 8.5 million DoD wide)

  • Badgerite

    He probably does less harm in the lazy boy. Give him some more munchies and the TV remote that is programmed to only videos of his campaign rallies and stick a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door for a year or so. How ever long it takes.

  • Bill_Perdue

    It’s a devastating cover but the real problem with Trump is the same problem we had with Carter, Reagan, the Bushes, the Clinton’s and Obama – they’re all union busing warmongers who pander to racists, misogynists and homophobes and climate catastrophe.

    Obama promoted the interests of the big energy companies, their wars of aggression for oil and their domestic fracking and offshore drilling. Trump will be all for that. There are no differences between to twin parties of capitalism.

    Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress. World Health Organization http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs266/en/

    “There are now 41,415 species on the IUCN Red List, and 16,306 of them re endangered species threatened with extinction. This is up from 16,118 last year. This includes both endangered animals and endangered plants.” http://www.endangeredearth.com/
    http://truth-out.org/news/item/25994-from-pine-beetles-to-disappearing-glaciers-nasa-scientists-tell-of-dramatic-planetary-changes clear signs of massive climate change

    “The United States remained the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2015, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates. U.S. petroleum and natural gas production first surpassed Russia in 2012, and the United States has been the world’s top producer of natural gas since 2011 and the world’s top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013.” https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=26352

    Fracking “After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future. We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years. We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas, and the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar – with tens of thousands of good, American jobs to show for it. We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it.” Obama State of the Union 2013 http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2013/02/12/president-obama-gets-it-fracking-is-awesome/

    In a new study, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that homes located in suburban and rural areas near fracking sites have an overall radon concentration 39 percent higher than those located in non-fracking urban areas.” From the journal Environmental Health Perspectives via AlterNet.

    Offshore Drilling ” Not Just the Atlantic: Obama Leasing Millions of Gulf Acres for Offshore Drilling – Deploying the age-old “Friday news dump,” President Barack Obama’s Interior Department gave the green light on Friday, July 18 to companies to deploy seismic air guns to examine the scope of Atlantic Coast offshore oil-and-gas reserves. It is the first time in over 30 years that the oil and gas industry is permitted to do geophysical data collection along the Atlantic coast. Though decried by environmentalists, another offshore oil and gas announcement made the same week has flown under the radar: over 21 million acres of Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas reserves will be up for lease on August 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Superdome.” http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/07/23/not-just-atlantic-obama-leasing-millions-gulf-acres-offshore-drilling

    We have to move towards building mass movements against these right wing thugs and in favor of fights for constitutional amendments guaranteeing good wages and safe working conditions, the right to form unions, socialized medicine, housing and education and an end to police repression of strikers and people of color.

  • brel1

    Wow. Just wow!! Also, Michael Lewis’s article in Vanity Fair. Scary.

  • Demosthenes

    Trump is a 71 year old man who works part time. Luckily he doesn’t have an important job so all is good.

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